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Monday, January 13, 2014

Josipa Bag

A friend of mine is hosting a Valentine's Day themed auction with dresses, hair pretties, and jewelry and she invited me to join.  I offered to make a bag and used that as an excuse to buy a pattern I've been wanting to try for a long time.  The pattern is Josipa by Gretelies.
I decided I needed to do a trial run before I made the bag I want to offer for auction.
Here is what I made.

This was all the fabric that was left over from my Anna Maria Horner Socialite Dress I made a couple years ago.

There were two blueish smears on the fabric that I cut around to make the dress, so my purse has the smears on it, but I tried my best to make sure they were on the back and toward the bottom.

I mainly used the photos in the pattern to guide me, since it is completely in German.  I also copied and pasted some of the instructions into Google Translate to double check.  I did my own thing when it came the the straps and I used an invisible magnetic snap from Tantalizing Stitches instead of velcro.

I am so glad I went ahead and bought 15 sets of the magnetic closures because I never want to go back to the ones with prongs on the back again!
I tried a non-zip pocket and it's kinda not the best looking thing because I was winging it and didn't do it right, but I like the look and the idea of it.  I hardly ever zip my interior zip pockets anyway.

This bag is definitely Spring colors, but I don't know if I'll be able to wait until then to carry it.  This is one of my all time favorite prints by Amy Butler and I'm really glad to have a bag made from it.
I pat myself on the back for a muslin well done.

See?  Invisible snap.  I love it.
You must try them if you are going to make a bag.  Michelle Patterns uses these sometimes in her patterns, which I also love, and she PERSONALLY recommended these to me (eek!  I felt like I was messaging with a celebrity through her Etsy shop page!) and directed me to Tantalizing Stitches.

Next up: The REAL bag that will be auctioned on the 20th.  Gotta get going on that!


  1. OOOOOH! this is gorgeous! :D Can't wait to see the REAL bag!

  2. This bag is lovely!
    I had a lot of fun reading this post. I first discovered your blog while I was sewing the Socialite dress and had some issues with its collar part (still unsolved, guess I made some mistake by transferring the pattern, as it is just so huge... gave this project a break a couple of months ago... so, you reminded me that there is still something waiting for me ;) )
    The other funny part was the bag, as I'm german. I am always sad about the lack of good patterns in german. But fortunately there are plenty in english ;) It made me laugh, that you choose exactly one of the two best german bagpattern designers I usally work with. I learned sewing with these women! The otherone is http://machwerke.blogspot.de/, you should check her pattern out. Also nice and with detailed and pictured instructions.
    Greetings from Germany,

    1. Oh, so neat to hear from you all the way from Germany! Thanks for reading and I will definitely check out machwerke!

  3. I've never heard of invisible snaps. Learn something new everyday! I'll have to check those out for my clutches I like to make for gifts. Love your bag too. Thanks for sharing!